Ford Mustang Owners Manual: Using MyKey with remote start systems

MyKey is not compatible with non-Ford-approved aftermarket remote start systems. If you choose to install a remote start system, please see your Ford authorized dealer for a Ford-approved remote start system.

Vehicles With Ford-approved Aftermarket Remote Start Systems

When using a Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, the vehicle recognizes the remote start system as an additional admin key. It is the vehicles default setting. You can also program the remote start as a MyKey.

As a result, the MyKey system status menu display includes the remote start system as an additional key in the total count of MYKEY(S) PROGRAMMED or ADMIN KEYS PROGRAMMED. See Checking MyKey System Status.

When you start your vehicle with a Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, the system stalls the vehicle after you open the door or shift the vehicle into gear. This is intentional. When you restart your vehicle, it reads your real keys status instead of the remote start systems status.

As an added precaution, owners may want to program the remote start system as a MyKey, if the MyKey driver uses the remote start fob.

That way, when the MyKey driver starts the vehicle with the remote start system, the MyKey restrictions remain active.

With a Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, it is possible to program all real keys as MyKeys unintentionally. If this happens, then the remote start fob is the admin key. If you want to have only one real key as a MyKey, or do not want to have any MyKeys, then you need to use your remote start to clear all MyKeys. In that case, follow these steps:

Enter the vehicle and close all doors.

Remote start the vehicle using your remote start fob.

See Clearing All MyKeys. Follow Steps 1-3.

After clearing your MyKeys, you can create a new MyKey. See Creating a MyKey.

Vehicles With Non-Ford-approved Aftermarket Remote Start Systems

MyKey is not compatible with non-Ford-approved aftermarket remote start systems. If you choose to install a remote start system, please see a Ford authorized dealer for a Ford-approved system.

The following information may help customers who choose to install a non-Ford-approved remote start system. The actions provided below do not make MyKey compatible with non-Ford-approved remote start systems, but may help you retain some MyKey functions.

When using a non-Ford-approved remote start system, the vehicle may recognize the remote start system as an additional admin key with its associated privileges. If you restart the vehicle by inserting a key into the ignition cylinder and recycling the ignition completely, then you may retain some MyKey functions. This action forces your vehicle to read the traditional key instead of the remote start fob and then uses the keys associated privileges.

Note: The MyKey system status menu display may include the remote start system as an additional key in the total count of MYKEY(S) PROGRAMMED or ADMIN KEYS PROGRAMMED. See Checking MyKey System Status.

As an added precaution, owners may want to program the remote start system as a MyKey, if the MyKey driver uses the remote start fob.

That way, when the MyKey driver starts the vehicle with the remote start system, the MyKey restrictions will be remain active.

With a non-Ford-approved aftermarket remote start system, it is possible to program all real keys as MyKeys unintentionally. If this happens, then the remote start fob is the admin key. If you want to have only one real key as a MyKey, or do not want to have any MyKeys, then you need to use your remote start to clear all MyKeys. In that case, follow these steps:

Enter the vehicle and close all doors.

Remote start the vehicle using your remote start fob.

See Clearing All MyKeys. Follow Steps 1-3.

After clearing your MyKeys, you can create a new MyKey. See Creating a MyKey.

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